Exan Day Tips

Read again and again; this may be the most important post you have ever read.

(1) If you see the word “except” or “incorrect” in the stem, pay close attention. Due to shortage of time, you may forget these words in hurry while answering the MCQs. Almost every one does this mistake.

(2) For long scenarios, read the last line of stem and options first, then read the stem with keeping the options in mind. This saves a lot of time.

(3) In my experience, the long and explanatory options are “mostly” correct. But “not always”. By long explanatory options, i mean the options in which the examiner has tried to make some point more clear. For example, brain stem (micturition center).

(4) You would have to answer most of the MCQs indirectly on the basis of what you have learnt. Never think you have not studied what has been asked. For example, you have studied that “lactate (lactic acid) increases blood flow in muscles”. In options, they may mention “decreased Ph” instead of “lactate (lactic acid)”. Think a lot before quitting.

(5) In some “long” scenarios, there would be just one “clicking point”. For example, if you see “pleural plaques” in a long scenario, your answer should be “asbestosis”. In some of the long scenarios, the examiner try to distract you from the important information. So, look for the “clicking point” in such MCQs.

(6) Always read all the options, There may be more than one correct answer. Choose the most appropriate, which in most cases is some thing either more “specific” or more “common”. For example, growth hormone is a peptide hormone but there are many peptide hormones in the body. Only growth hormones exerts its actions via “somatomedins” (IGF). So, somatomedin should be your answer…..”choose the one best answer” does not mean “choose the only correct statement”.

(8) Answer on the basis of what you know about. If some thing is not familiar to you in the options, then its probably the wrong answer. DO NOT MAKE GUESSES. For example, if you have never heard about “glioma”, then “glioma” is most probably the wrong answer.

(9) Do not waste time, especially in paper B.

(10) Don’t rely on answers of the guys sitting next to you. You don’t know them and you won’t see them again.

(11) Take panadol extra tablets, and a coffee sachet with you. Take coffee with any thing (plain water, tea) during the break.

(12) Don’t eat too much in the break. Don’t discuss paper A in the break. Do not study in the break. Don’t t talk too much in the break (conserve your energy for the next paper).

(13) Avoid drinking too much water; avoid using washrooms during the paper.

(15) Most importantly, fight till the last MCQ of paper B even if you are 100% sure about your failure. Struggle for every MCQ as each MCQ is a significant step towards your success.

(16) Answers of some MCQs may be hidden in other MCQs.

(17) Most of the information in a long stem may be irrelevant. Collect just the important info.

(18) If two statements are contradictory, there is a high chance that one of them is correct. For example: (A) Acidify the urine (B) Alkalinize the urine

(19) Statements that contain the words “always, never, must” and so on are usually false.

(20) Struggle for every MCQ; every MCQ counts.

(21) Statements that contain the words “always, never, must, and so on” are usually false. For example, the statement that “acetylcholine always increases heart rate when given intravenously” is wrong because it lowers blood pressure and evokes a barorecptor-mediated reflex tachycardia.

(22) Choices that do not fit the grammer are always wrong.

(23) If two options are highly similar, then neither is likely to be the correct answer.

(24) Some MCQs are repeated but either the stems or the options or both are modified. So, keep your mind open.

(25) The examiners try to hide the correct answers. This means that they try to keep the correct options at “C” or “D” instead of “A” or “E”. Note that this is not true for every MCQ. Option “A” or “E” may be the correct option in many MCQs. So, this should not stop you from selecting option “A” or “E” if you think these are the correct options.

(26) No doubt, a good night sleep is extremely necessary, especially for exams like this one.

I wish best of luck to all of you for this tricky exam!

Be nice whenever possible. It is always possible.